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President Xi congratulates UN meeting marking Int'l Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to a meeting held by the United Nations (UN) on Dec.1 to observe the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
 
In his message, Xi pointed out that the Palestinian issue, as a root problem in the Middle East, bears on regional peace and stability, on international equity and justice, and on human conscience and morality.
 
From: CGTN
 
China's ecological programs lift over 20 mln out of poverty: official
 
More than 20 million people living under China's poverty line shook off poverty through ecological poverty-relief programs, according to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA).
 
The country has so far completed all tasks of its ecological poverty-relief programs while coordinating poverty alleviation with ecological protection, NFGA deputy director Li Chunliang told a press conference on Dec,1.
 
From: Xinhua
 
 
Ministry: Australia's stance 'a travesty of freedom and democracy'
 
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Dec.2 that the reason Australia and some people in the United States felt outraged about a graphic related to Australian soldiers' murderous behavior in Afghanistan is because they don't think the Chinese people have the right to comment on it.
 
"They've been trying to style themselves as defenders of freedom and democracy, but that is either a travesty of freedom and democracy or double standards and hypocrisy," Hua said at a regular news briefing in Beijing.
 
From: China Daily
 
Pandemic boosts income inequality: ILO report
 
Hit by the pandemic, average wages in a majority of countries fell or grew more slowly in the first half of 2020, the International Labour Organization said in a report on Dec.2, noting women and low-paid workers have been disproportionately affected by the crisis.
 
Although the impacts of the pandemic, especially the wide lockdown, made statistics collection so hard that it is too early to obtain a full picture of the wages and labor markets changes during the COVID-19 crisis, case studies and early data still revealed some changes, according to the Global Wage Report 2020-21.
 
From: CGTN
 
Chinese Embassy responds to French criticism of tweet on Australian troops' killing of Afghan civilians
 
The Chinese Embassy in Paris on Dec.2 hit back at France's inappropriate criticism of a tweet by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian about the killing of Afghan civilians by Australian soldiers. 
 
The embassy called on France not to violate human conscience by accusing those who condemned war atrocities on the torture and killing of civilians as "prejudiced."
 
From: CGTN
 
Xi Jinping outlines challenges lying ahead of China's war on poverty
 
President Xi Jinping said on Dec.3 that China has made remarkable achievements in eradicating absolute poverty, while more work needs to be done to consolidate these achievements in the war on poverty.
 
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, more than a week after the country's last nine counties cast off poverty.
 
From: CGTN
 
Xi announces major victory in poverty alleviation
 
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said on Dec.3 that China has accomplished its poverty alleviation target of the new era as scheduled and achieved a significant victory that impresses the world.
 
Through eight years of sustained work, China has lifted all rural poor population under the current standard out of poverty and nearly 100 million poor people have shaken off poverty, Xi made the remarks while presiding over a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
 
From: Xinhua
 
UN Chief calls for involvement of persons living with disabilities in pandemic recovery efforts
 
Persons living with disabilities are among the worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Dec.3 as the world marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
 
In his message, Guterres called for the involvement of persons living with disabilities in the world’s quest to emerge from the effects of the pandemic which had ravaged the world for the better part of 2020.
 
From: CGTN
 
UN chief urges solidarity to fight COVID-19, climate change, poverty
 
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Dec.3 called for global solidarity and a sense of urgency to confront COVID-19. 
  
"As this difficult year draws to a close, let's resolve to take the tough, ambitious decisions and actions that will lead to better days ahead. In a global crisis, we must meet the expectations of those we serve with unity, solidarity and coordinated global action," he told a UN General Assembly special session in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
From: CGTN
 
UN Chief calls for involvement of persons living with disabilities in pandemic recovery efforts
 
Persons living with disabilities are among the worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Dec.3 as the world marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
 
In his message, Guterres called for the involvement of persons living with disabilities in the world’s quest to emerge from the effects of the pandemic which had ravaged the world for the better part of 2020.
 
From: CGTN
 
Yunnan eradicates absolute poverty, through many ways
 
With government help, more than 3.18 million people in southwest China's Yunnan Province have found jobs in other regions, a move that will help them shake off poverty, officials said on Dec.8.
 
A labor transfer policy was initiated in 2015 to lift impoverished households out of poverty by obtaining employment in other regions, Wang Yubo, acting governor of Yunnan, told a press conference in the provincial capital of Kunming.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Carrie Lam: 'One Country, Two Systems' upholds Hong Kong's core values
 
Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Dec.9 that the core values underpinning the HKSAR's success, including people's rights and freedoms, the rule of law and judicial independence, will continue to be upheld under the principle of "One Country, Two Systems."
 
From: CGTN
 
UN chief calls for solidarity in fighting COVID-19 on Human Rights Day
 
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Dec.10 called for global solidarity to fight COVID-19 in a message on Human Rights Day, which falls on Dec. 10.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China says its human rights will be further improved in new journey of development
 
Human rights conditions in China will be further improved in the upcoming new journey of development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Dec.10, World Human Rights Day.
 
China attaches great importance to promoting and protecting human rights of its people with a people-centered approach, addressing concerns from certain Western countries, Hua said at a press briefing.
 
From: CGTN
 
Promise of human rights must be met with greater actions
 
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the world was confronted with the daunting tasks of combating poverty, reducing inequality and curbing discrimination, problems that are detrimental to the promotion of human rights worldwide.
 
With the cataclysmic pandemic continuing across the globe, the plight of the vulnerable is only being exacerbated. Human Rights Day, which falls on Dec.10, is a timely reminder for the international community to meet the promise of protecting human rights with more substantial efforts. The most immediate task to guarantee human rights is to beat the pandemic as fast as possible.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China says its human rights will be further improved in new journey of development
 
Human rights conditions in China will be further improved in the upcoming new journey of development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said  on World Human Rights Day (Dec.10).
 
China attaches great importance to promoting and protecting human rights of its people with a people-centered approach, addressing concerns from certain Western countries, Hua said at a press briefing.
 
From: CGTN
 
China says U.S. exposes blatant hypocrisy on human rights
 
China said the U.S. practices on human rights have demonstrated to the whole world what "textbook" human rights hypocrisy looks like on Dec.11.
 
China resolutely opposes and rejects any country interfering in China's internal affairs under the pretext of human rights, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in response to a Weibo post by the U.S. Embassy in China related to China's human rights.
 
From: Xinhua
 
UN mission rebuts 'political virus'
 
China's permanent mission to the United Nations has rebutted a US official's remarks against China regarding human rights.
 
"On Dec 14, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Kelly Craft made an unwarranted attack on China's human rights situation, spreading political virus once again, which China resolutely opposes and totally rejects," a spokesperson said in a statement posted on Dec.14, 2020.
 
The statement was made in response to a speech by Craft at The Heritage Foundation, a think tank based in Washington DC, during which she criticized China's election to the UN Human Rights Council in October and called for reform of the international organ.
 
From: China Daily
 
International Criminal Court rejects calls to investigate China for 'genocide' in Xinjiang
 
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday rejected calls to investigate China for alleged genocide and crimes against the Uygurs in the country's remote Xinjiang region, the chief prosecutor office said in a report on Dec.14.
 
From: CGTN
 
China moves to improve salaries of high-skilled technicians
 
The Chinese government will roll out plans and policies to improve the salary of technical workers, rendering them a part of middle-income groups in the following five years, officials of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) said at a news briefing on Dec.18.
 
The move comes at a time when skills gap and worker shortage is particularly acute for blue-collar jobs. Official data shows that though the country has more than 200 million technical workers, which includes 50 million high-skilled technical workers, the number compared with that of developed countries is pretty small. In China, the proportion of manual laborers accounts for only 26 percent in the job market.
 
From: CGTN
 
Seminar on human rights discourse held in north China city
 
A seminar on human rights discourse was held in north China's Tianjin municipality on Dec.19, 2020. Over 50 experts and scholars from human rights research institutes across the country attended the event in person or via video conference.
 
The event, jointly hosted by China Society for Human Rights Studies and the human rights research center in Tianjin-based Nankai University, coincided with the 10th anniversary of the release of the report on China's human rights development, or the annual human rights blue book.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xinjiang Situation: 'Camera installed to monitor Muslims' is 'pure lie'
 
Against the accusations made by certain Western media outlets, officials and religious people from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region say rumors like "forced labor" in Xinjiang and local government installed cameras "to supervise religious people" are purely "slander."
 
Elijan Anayit, spokesperson for the Information Office of the People's Government of Xinjiang, said on Dec.21 at a news briefing that the accusations of so-called "forced-labor" and "oppression" couldn't be further from the truth.
 
From: CGTN

China sets new rules to ban discrimination in online job recruitment
 
China has decided to rid the recruitment process of all sorts of discrimination based on gender, ethnicity and religious beliefs. The task will be accomplished through a set of new regulations issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on Dec.23. These rules will take effect from March 1, 2021.
 
From: CGTN
 
COVID-19 crisis will not be the last pandemic: WHO chief
 
The coronavirus crisis will not be the last pandemic, and attempts to improve human health are "doomed" without tackling climate change and animal welfare, the World Health Organization's (WHO) chief said in a video message on Dec.27, marking the first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness. 
 
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also condemned the "dangerously shortsighted" cycle of throwing cash at outbreaks but doing nothing to prepare for the next one.
 
From: CGTN
 
More human rights education bases set up in China
 
Six national education and training bases on human rights were set up in China recently, bringing the total number of such bases to 14.
 
The institutions newly authorized to serve as national education and training bases are human rights research centers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Jilin University, Northwest University of Political Science and Law, Central South University, Southeast University, and Beijing Institute of Technology.
 
From: Xinhua
 
U.S. has no right to judge human rights in Tibet: association
 
A Chinese non-governmental association has resolutely opposed the distortion and smearing of the human rights situation in Tibet Autonomous Region in a U.S. funding bill for fiscal year 2021 that has been signed into law.
 
The bill contained groundless accusations of the human rights situation in Tibet, said the China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture in a statement on Dec.30, 2020.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Tibet legislature decries U.S. act smearing region’s development
 
The legislature of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has expressed its strong indignation and firm opposition to the passing of a United States act on Tibet.
 
The so-called "Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020" grossly interferes in China's internal affairs and gravely violates the fundamental principles of international laws and basic norms governing international relations, according to a statement by the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Tibet Autonomous Region on Dec.30.
 
From: Xinhua
 
 
China's supreme court releases judicial interpretations of Civil Code
 
China's Supreme People's Court (SPC), the country's highest judicial organ, released the first batch of judicial interpretations of the Civil Code on Dec.30, two days before the law takes effect on January 1.
 
At a press conference held by the SPC, He Rong, vice president of the court, said that the SPC has sorted out a total of 591 existing judicial interpretations and relative regulated documents accumulated since the establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949.
 
From: CGTN

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